*** Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel. A test taken one day, for example, would be valid for a flight taken anytime the following day. Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
*** Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.
U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight. U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight.
Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis. Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption. Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.
- Eswatini has confirmed 67 564 cases of COVID-19 and 1 349 deaths within its borders. Grocery stores and health clinics are open.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Eswatini? Yes.
- If so, are test results reliably available within the same day? Yes.
- For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html
- U.S. citizens can receive COVID testing at clinics and hospitals within the country. The cost is generally $50. Results are available for pickup the same day.
Humanitarian Exemptions for COVID-19 Tests:
- Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel. There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.
- Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy Eswatini at MBAConsular@state.gov, and provide the information requested here. The U.S. Embassy will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Eswatini approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes.
- Are vaccines available in Eswatini for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
- Which vaccines are available in Eswatini?
- According to Eswatini authorities, the Astra-Zeneca shot is now available to all residents, including non-Swati citizens.
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
- The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
- Is a curfew in place? No.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes. There are roadblocks between cities where temperatures are checked.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No.
- Are commercial flights operating? Reduced flights – one per day from OR Tambo (Johannesburg) to KMIII International Airport (Eswatini).
- Is public transportation operating? Yes.
- Passengers are required to wear masks and use hand sanitizer upon entry into the vehicle.
- Passengers are required to wear masks and use hand sanitizer upon entry into the vehicle. Passenger limit is at 80% capacity both public and private vehicles.
- Fines for non-compliance on public transportation is between $7 and $33. Fines for not wearing a mask on the street is $4.
- What ACS services are being offered? Emergency and mission critical services.
- What visa services are being offered? Emergency and mission critical services.
- The Ministry of Health has established a toll-free hotline (975) to answer COVID-19 questions and receive reports of suspected cases, particularly from those who have traveled recently to mainland China. The government has designated a focal point for Eswatini’s COVID-19 response. It has also designated one isolation ward within a primary health care facility and a second isolation ward in an alternate health care facility for coronavirus case management.
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- State Department COVID-19 Information
- Travel.state.gov – Eswatini Information and Travel Advisory page
Want More Info on COVID-19?
- CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) > Symptoms & Testing
- WHO: Rolling Updates on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
- Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University
- Researchers Predict Potential Spread and Seasonality for COVID-19 Based on Climate Where Virus Appears to Thrive